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| Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry gestures as he arrives for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit official dinner in Nusa Dua on the Indonesian resort island of Bali Oct. 7, 2013.
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Talk about a fashion faux pas .

Secretary of State John Kerry momentarily ditched his usual stiff suit look during a recent trip to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative summit in Bali by donning a casual purple shirt. The shirts, called “endeks,” are made of traditional Balinese textiles.

It was not a look that the famously stuffy Kerry could pull off successfully. He looked less like a diplomat than he did a member of the '60s psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane.

Still, we can't shake the feeling that since he returned home, Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz, have been padding around her Fox Chapel estate in matching, goofy-looking endeks despite snickering from the servants. After all, endeks look as comfortable as pajama tops.

SANTORUM'S STUDIO SUING EX-EXECS. It's a bad scene at the Christian movie studio run by Rick Santorum , formerU.S. senator from Pennsylvania and 2012 GOP presidential wannabe.

The Washington Post reported that the Dallas-based EchoLight Studio is suing two former executives for allegedly attempting to sabotage the company. One defendant allegedly threatened to “malign” Santorum in show-business publications. The other supposedly took control of the studio's Facebook account and labeled himself the studio's founder just days after he was fired.

EchoLight's first offering is a Christmas movie starring Susan Boyle, a former “Britain's Got Talent” contestant. If you find EchoLight's litigation far more intriguing than its initial cinematic release, we wholeheartedly share that sentiment.

FOR A FLAB-FREE PENNSYLVANIA, VOTE PAWLOWSKI. It certainly doesn't resemble the typical campaign website.

Supporters of Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski, a Democrat gubernatorial hopeful, likely will be confused if they visit the website pawlowskiforgovernor.com. Instead of pictures of and information about Pawlowski, the site features a Japanese-language advertisement for a Japanese product that promises to get rid of cellulite and thick thighs.

The Morning Call of Allentown reported that the site is owned by Internet domain registrar GoDaddy, which sells space on unwanted domain pages to companies such as the one peddling the anti-cellulite cream. The Pawlowksi campaign is attempting to purchase that domain name.

In the meantime, Pawlowski supporters can go to pawlowskiforpa.com if they are more interested in the candidate than the cream.

WORKING BOTH SIDES.Joe Conti, former Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board chief executive, is keeping busy in “retirement.”

After Conti retired from his $156,700-a-year LCB position on Feb. 2, he immediately caused an uproar when he returned as a part-time, $80-an-hour consultant to the agency. He served in that role until July.

Now, the former Republican state senator from Bucks County has registered as a lobbyist and represents unionized state-store employees.

NO PAY, NO PLAY. Excela Health's efforts to alert people in Greensburg about Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October cost the organization $20.

Greensburg has an ordinance that requires anyone wanting to put up a banner to pay $20 for a permit, city officials said.

Excela's Breast Cancer Awareness Month banner went up on the 450-space J. Edward Hutchinson Parking Garage at 560 Shearer St. after the permit fee was paid.

City officials said they didn't want to look as though they were favoring Excela by opting not to charge the permit fee for its banner.

— compiled by Trib Total Media staff

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